Request for data on Ards and North Down Borough on gas safety record

Robert King made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Ards and North Down Borough Council

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Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Ards and North Down Borough Council fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Ards and North Down Borough Council,

I am writing to request the following information in relation to Gas Safety Duties delegated by HSENI to the Ards and North Down Borough Council.

I make this request based on a number of severely deficit establishments I had seen within the borough exposing myself and others to dangers.

1. In the period 1st March 2017 through to March 31st 2022 how many CP42 certificates did the Environmental Health department request from fixed catering establishments which operate within the borough?
2. How many operators had a requests during the time period in question and failed to provide CP42 certificates?
3. In the period 1st March 2017 through to March 31st 2022 how many CP44 certificates did the Environmental Health department request from mobile catering operators which traded within the borough?
4. How many of the council staff in Environmental Health department have received suitable training specifically on Commercial Catering and Mobile Catering to enable them to make judgements on Gas Catering Installations and their safety?
5. Can he Council explain why engineers still keep finding buried metallic gas services in premises where by any premises had to have pipe work replaced by 2015 and all pipe work replaced by 2020?

Yours faithfully,

Alasdair King

FOI, Ards and North Down Borough Council

Dear Mr King,
 
Thank you for your email of 5 April 2021 to Ards and North Down Borough
Council.
 
Your request for information relating to gas safety duties will be
processed in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations
2004. You will receive the information you have requested within 20
working days of the date of receipt of your request by the Council unless
the Council does not hold the information or there is a reason to withhold
all or part of the information requested. The Council will write to you in
any event.  
 
For further information in relation to the Environmental Information
Regulations we would refer you to the Information Commissioner's Office
website, [1]www.ico.org.uk
 
Regards,
 
FOI Team
Ards and North Down Borough Council
Town Hall
The Castle
Bangor
BT20 4BT
 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

FOI, Ards and North Down Borough Council

Dear Mr King,

 

We refer to the above matter and write further to our acknowledgement
email of 5^th April 2022.

 

Ards and North Down Borough Council has processed your request in
accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and please
see the Council’s response below.

 

I am writing to request the following information in relation to Gas
Safety Duties delegated by HSENI to the Ards and North Down Borough
Council.

 

I make this request based on a number of severely deficit establishments I
had seen within the borough exposing myself and others to dangers.

 

 1. In the period 1st March 2017 through to March 31st 2022 how many CP42
certificates did the Environmental Health department request from
fixed catering establishments which operate within the borough?
 2. How many operators had a requests during the time period in question
and failed to provide CP42 certificates?
 3. In the period 1st March 2017 through to March 31st 2022 how many CP44
certificates did the Environmental Health department request from
mobile catering operators which traded within the borough?

In relation to Q1, 2 and 3, a total of 1,084 Inspections were completed
during the time period specified for compliance with the requirements of
the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978 and Subsidiary Regulations
including the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations (NI) 2004.

 

Due to the way these inspections are recorded it is not possible for us to
extract the information without going through each premises file
individually. As the information you have requested cannot be extracted
easily electronically and requires a manual review of each premises file,
in accordance with Regulation 12(4)(b) the Council is refusing to process
your request on the basis it is manifestly unreasonable on the grounds of
costs and diversion of resources. It is considered that to process this
request would place a disproportionate burden on the Council’s
Environmental Health service and be an unreasonable diversion of that
service unit's resources. This exception to disclosure is subject to the
public interest test. Council recognises the public interest in
transparency in the Environmental Health service unit's work. However, it
is considered that processing this request would place an unreasonable
diversion of resources away from delivering Environmental Health’s
mainstream services. It is therefore considered the public interest rests
in engaging the Regulation 12(4)(b) exception to disclosure.

 

Where a request is considered manifestly unreasonable, the Council is
required to provide advice and assistance so far as it would be reasonable
to do so. In this instance it is difficult to provide meaningful advice as
your request relates to a significant period of time and a large number of
inspections. You may wish the Council to spend up to 18 hours processing
the request and, if you do, please specify the priority in which you would
like the Council to process the request, eg. with a focus on a particular
year, or starting at earliest date and working forward or most recent date
and working backwards.

 

 4. How many of the Council staff in Environmental Health department have
received suitable training specifically on Commercial Catering and
Mobile Catering to enable them to make judgements on Gas Catering
Installations and their safety?

There are currently 5 Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) within the
Health and Safety Team, with an approximate Full Time Equivalent of 2.6
officers who inspect premises for compliance with the provisions of the
Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order and Subsidiary Regulations, including
the Gas Safety Installation and use Regulations (NI) 2004. EHOs receive
topic related training on an ongoing basis. 2 members of the team have
attended training specifically on Commercial Catering and Mobile Catering
within the time period specified.

EHOs rely on evidence of suitable maintenance of gas equipment provided by
gas safe engineers by means of a Gas Safe Certificate and are not experts
in relation to the technical aspects of gas installations.

 

 5. Can the Council explain why engineers still keep finding buried
metallic gas services in premises where by any premises had to have
pipe work replaced by 2015 and all pipe work replaced by 2020?

A request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 or Freedom
of Information Act 2000 is a request for recorded information held by a
public authority at the time a request is received. A request for a view,
opinion or explanation is not a valid Environmental Information Regulation
or Freedom of Information request unless that view, opinion or explanation
was already held in recorded form by the Council on the date the request
was received.

The Council does not hold an explanation in recorded form in respect of
your Q5.

 

Should you require clarification on any part of this response, please do
not hesitate to contact us.

 

We are sorry we could not be of more assistance in this matter. Should you
be unhappy with the response you may request an Internal Review by
contacting [1][Ards and North Down Borough Council request email]. Please note that requests for
Internal Reviews must be submitted within two months from the date of this
response. Further information on the Internal Review process is available
on the Council’s website.  In the event you are unhappy with the outcome
of any Internal Review conducted by Council you may apply to the
Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a review of our response.
Please note that the ICO generally expects Internal Reviews to be
completed prior to reviewing the decisions of public bodies.

 

Regards,

 

FOI Team

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Town Hall

The Castle

Bangor

BT20 4BT

Tel: 0300 013 3333

 

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